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Old 17th February 2015, 13:34   #1
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Default 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Facelift : A Close Look

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Facelift has been launched in India at a price of between Rs. 14.15 - 20.17 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

What you’ll like:

• Classic, timeless and understated styling, mated with solid build quality
• 2.0L diesel is fast, torquey, refined & fuel-efficient. 6-speed manual is a joy to use
• Smooth, high-tech 6-speed DSG automatic (diesel). Lightning quick upshifts
• Spacious cabin, front & back
• Mature ride and handling package. Extremely well-tuned suspension
• Features such as bi-xenon headlamps, LED DRLs, dual-zone climate control, touchscreen ICE etc.
• 5 star NCAP rating. Safety kit includes 6 airbags, ABS + EBD, ESP, EDL and more

What you won’t:

• Leather seats, sunroof & reversing camera are conspicuous by their absence
• DSG only offered with the diesel's Highline variant. Octavia has it on the middle variant too
• Lacklustre 1.4L TSI petrol engine. Explosive 1.8L TSI isn't available in the Jetta
• Interior quality is a grade or two lower than the previous generation Jetta
• Unusually tall floor hump can make things uncomfortable for the 5th occupant
• Newer Skoda Octavia has more power, equipment & a bigger boot
• VW's substandard dealership & service experiences


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Since the Volkswagen Jetta has already been reviewed by Team-BHP, this report will only focus on changes made to the 2015 car. For easy reference, here are direct links to the complete Jetta road-test:

Exterior Design & Build Quality (Volkswagen Jetta : Test Drive & Review)

Interior design, space, practicality & features (Volkswagen Jetta : Test Drive & Review)

The 2.0 TDI Diesel Engine (Volkswagen Jetta : Test Drive & Review)

The 1.4 TSI Petrol Engine (Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI : Official Review)

Other Pertinent Points (Volkswagen Jetta : Test Drive & Review)

The Smaller & Significant Things (Volkswagen Jetta : Test Drive & Review)


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So, what's new on the outside?

The 2015 Jetta gets a new radiator grille, air-dam & foglamps. It looks more like a Passat now (pre-facelift had semblance to the Vento). This 'Silk Blue' metallic shade is new:


Changes at the rear are more subtle - blink & you'll miss them. Only enthusiasts will notice the new boot lid, tail-lamps, bumper and reflectors. The boot has been reshaped to go with the new lights & bumper. It has less creases around the numberplate housing, which lend it a cleaner look:


Bumper is an all body-coloured affair now. The blackened portion (at the bottom) is far less prominent compared to the pre-facelift model:


The 'Toffee Brown' shade which was introduced in 2011. Looks very upmarket, Moderator Ajmat's Jetta wears the same colour:


Wide Passat-like grille with 3 chrome slats and a big VW logo in the middle. Notice that the logo no longer requires a cut in the bumper:


The lines of the new grille merge seamlessly with the headlamps, where the bonnet crease meets them too. The Highline variant gets bi-xenons with LED DRLs:


With the headlamp switched on:


On the other hand, the Comfortline trim has to make do with halogen units as before:


The new front bumper has prominent horizontal slats and a wider air dam. No touches of chrome here (pre-facelift had a classy chrome outline). Parking sensors are located just below the numberplate housing:


Round foglamps ditched for a more angular design:


"Pollution under control" certified by Skoda :


All variants get 16" rims. Same design as the earlier car. 'Atlanta' wheels for the Highline...


...and "Sedona" rims for the Trendline & Comfortline. The Sedonas were introduced in 2013:


A closer look at the new two-piece tail lamp. The "2.0 TDI" badge has been dropped. New badge simply says "TDI". TDI gets a blue "I"...


...while the TSI has the "I" in red. Someone from VW said that blue = efficiency, red = performance. In this case however, the 2.0 blue is a better performer than the 1.4 red :


New reflectors are housed in a recessed area:

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So, what's new on the inside?

The interiors of the 2015 Jetta remain largely unchanged. The most prominent upgrades are a new multifunction steering wheel and instrument cluster. While the faux wood inserts look nice, Volkswagen could've experimented with black inserts instead:


Lovely flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated controls (standard across all variants now). Piano black inserts & chrome lining (around the horn pad) look classy:


No less than 17 steering-mounted controls!! Cruise control and volume buttons are on the left. Those for the MID, audio and bluetooth telephony are on the right:


The new twin-pod instrument cluster. As before, the analogue temperature & fuel gauges are nestled within the tachometer & speedometer respectively. The overall design is clean and easy to read. It's a bit weird how the twin-pods protrude out from the bottom, and not the top as is usually the case (related image):


Cruise control is now standard on all variants. The Jetta also gets a fatigue detection system. How does it work? The system monitors driver input (including steering movements) above 65 km/h. If it feels that you are tired (say, erratic steering inputs), a warning chime + MID sign will follow. The warning is repeated after 15 minutes if the driver hasn't taken a break:


The MID is now standard across all variants:


Pairing your smartphone to the Jetta's infotainment system is a breeze:


Highline gets an RCD 510 touchscreen audio system with 8 speakers, 6 CD changer, Aux-in and Bluetooth. The touchscreen also acts as a display for the parking system & climate control. There is no reversing camera or navigation system though. I would expect that after paying 20 big ones:


Comfortline gets an ordinary RCD 320 music system with no touchscreen. Inputs for the SD card, Aux and USB are located at the bottom of the head-unit. Shockingly, the Jetta's brochure states that the Trendline and Comfortline get 2 speakers + 2 tweeters at the front only:


The Highline variant's center console has piano black finishing around the A/C vents, infotainment system, climate control knobs and gear lever:


No such piano black inserts for the Comfortline:


The A/C vents are new with thinner chrome inserts on the direction adjusters. The hazard light switch has shrunk in size (sure looks weird!). It's now a square button with the front passenger airbag indicator right above. Speaking of which, the Highline variant went from 8 airbags to 6 in 2014 :


All variants are equipped with dual-zone climate control:


The DSG gear lever is unchanged. Its surrounding area is finished in piano black. On the pre-facelift model, this was finished in aluminium:


The 6-speed MT :


Parking sensor button shifts a couple of notches to the right:


Armrest height and position cannot be adjusted:


The three black buttons shown here are non-functional on the India-spec Jetta:


iPod connector has been updated from the 30-pin version to the newer lightning connector:


This light in the glovebox is very helpful after sunset:


Boot hinges are no longer clad in plastic:


Disclaimer: Volkswagen invited Team-BHP for the Jetta test-drive. They covered all the travel expenses for this driving event.

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How the VW Jetta stands vis a vis competition

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Any information regarding the prices of the new Jetta?
Prices are up 20-30k ex-showroom Mumbai
TL TSI was 13.58, now 13.87
HL TDI DSG was 19.58, now 19.77
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Prices seem to suggest its slightly cheaper than the Octavia!
Octavia is priced at Rs 16.6 to 21.1 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai.

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The safety features across the range are simply awesome. 6 airbags across all variants. They have also introduced "Driver Fatigue Detection". Thats a wow in this segment.
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Now all prospective Passsat owners are going to be really ticked off. Why would you pay near-C-class money that all your neighbours and friends will confuse with a 17-22 Lakh car?

Bye bye, Passat sales. You will not be missed, because your "mini me" is here with us.

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Good to see all the variants getting 6 airbags across all the models just like how the Polo facelift got 2 during the facelift launch.

But the lower variants getting a basic audio HU is not done. A 15+L car with the same unit that goes into the Polo/Vento. Unfair!

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Bye bye, Passat sales.
Passat has never had any sales TBH. In the last two quarters, the sales haven't crossed 10 numbers! Aug' 14 to Jan '15 numbers below:



Just look at how the Superb demolishes it!

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Passat has never had any sales TBH. In the last two quarters, the sales haven't crossed 10 numbers! Aug' 14 to Jan '15 numbers below:

Just look at how the Superb demolishes it!
The Passat has been discontinued for awhile now actually. Any sales you're seeing are just old stock clearance so comparison to a car current on sale with active stocks isn't a correct approach

The new passat would launch in the months to come with a new design

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The face lift as many have mentioned is more cosmetic than anything else. The front now resembles the Passat(current-gen) more as compared to the Vento which the pre-face lift model did.

I haven't driven the 1.4 TSi so I would like to know from someone here how it stands in comparison to the Altis petrol. Come what may it will not set the sales charts on fire.

Also I have no idea why VW does not provide the same ACC unit as the Yeti even on the HL variant.
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Good to see all the variants getting 6 airbags across all the models just like how the Polo facelift got 2 during the facelift launch.
Even before the facelift, I believe Jetta always had 6 airbags, and ESP/Traction Control standard across all variants.
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Even before the facelift, I believe Jetta always had 6 airbags, and ESP/Traction Control standard across all variants.
Jetta Highline back in 2011-12 came with 8 Airbags, VW then quietly deleted 2 airbags later on!
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So the inevitable has happened. Ex showroom Delhi of the Highline DSG has crossed 20L. That means that road tax for states like Karnataka goes up by 5% which is 1L more.

Effectively 30-40K price increase of facelift means it crosses 20L by 17 thousand rupees. This 17 thousand results in additional road tax increase of 1 lakh!!

This makes it a big problem.
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